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to write about Alaska?
By Justin Oldham
Armed with this knowledge, some local writers feel like they must write about something tied in to an Alaskan theme. I’m glad to say that this isn’t true. We are now starting to see local authors publish on non-Alaskan subjects. In late 2004, I published my first novel, which revolved around Washington, D.C., corruption and politics.
The market for Alaskan has grown considerably in the last decade. National and international interest in our state has continued to rise as people from around the world discover Alaska and its literary treasures.
Yet, each new generation of authors who calls Alaska its
home continues to push the limits of publishing technology and geographical
bias. Now, more than ever, Alaskans write what they want when they want.
Part of my notoriety comes from the fact that I did not
write “Alaskan.” Politics & Patriotism: The Fisk Conspiracy
was the first thing I wanted to write, so I did. I still had the same
problems everyone else does when shopping for an agent or a publisher.
In that respect, I am no different than any other Alaskan author. When
I chose to self-publish, I did so for the same reasons that so many other
Alaskan authors do.
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